Get the Low-Down on Forklift Tyres
When you’re in the market for forklift tyres, the first thing you need to work out is what kind you need. Take into consideration factors such as where you will be operating the forklift and what it will be carrying, and that will help you decide which tyre is best for the job.
- Solid Resilient – Solid Press On Tyres all the way through, solid tyres are quite a popular choice. They will not puncture or go flat, and are known to last two to three times longer than air-filled tyres. They are excellent for indoor use and some outdoor use, but not recommended for rough or uneven surfaces.
- Non-marking –Non-marking tyres are designed for use in certain industries, such as food processing, so as to not leave black rubber marks all over the floor.
- Pneumatic – Pneumatic tyres are heavy duty, thick and have great traction. They are perfect for use on rough and uneven surfaces as the air-filled tyres create a bit of bounce, unlike their solid counterpart.
- Cushion – Cushion press-on tyres, fashioned on a metal band, are only used on smooth concrete or paved areas. They are known to have a smaller turning circle so are great for use in tighter spaces.
- Polyurethane – Generally used on indoor forklifts, polyurethane press-ons have a suitable level of traction and its life is somewhat extended by the slight rolling resistance of the wheel.
Get the most out of your tyres
Incorrect driving of your forklift can severely reduce the life of your tyres, so it is vital to be sensible if you don’t want to replace your tyres too regularly. Try to avoid stopping and starting too suddenly, slow down while turning corners and don’t spin too fast.
A few of the trusted brands providing quality forklift tyres are Numa, Tantor and Michelin.
Many thanks to the team at Axis Tyres for their professional advice. For further information including PDF brochure downloads, and tyres specs check out AxisTyres.com.au.